Iran on Thursday denounced as ‘cruel’ new US sanctions which punish any company that works with Syria, stressing that the Islamic Republic will further strengthen economic ties with Damascus.
The Caesar Act came into force on Wednesday, with the first batch of designations targeting 39 people or entities, including President Bashar Assad and his wife Asma.
Iran “does not respect such cruel and unilateral sanctions waged as bullying and considers them to be economic terrorism against the people of Syria,” said foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi.
The sanctions were “against international laws and human values” and would only “exacerbate the suffering of Syria’s people” amid the coronavirus outbreak, he said in a statement.
Mousavi vowed that Tehran would maintain its economic ties with Damascus.
“We will continue economic cooperation with the Syrian nation and government as before and despite sanctions, we will strengthen economic ties with the country.”